Advancing Avian Conservation & Management

FWCB faculty and their students conduct research on the ecology of a wide array of birds, including songbirds, game birds, raptors, shorebirds, owls, and waterbirds. Of particular interest is understanding how birds use habitats and how human-caused changes to these habitats affect their populations. 

David Andersen (Professor) studies the ecology of raptors, woodcock, and forest songbirds to understand how they use managed habitats and landscapes. He also studies the ecology of geese and other breeding birds in arctic landscapes. David is Leader of the Minnesota Cooperative Wildlife Research Unit.

Todd Arnold (Professor) develops methods to estimate population size and vital rates (e.g., nest success, brood survival) of wetland and grassland birds. He uses this information to model how management actions might change populations of birds, such as waterfowl.

Rob Blair (Professor) examines how changes in land use, especially urbanization, affects birds that reside in human-dominated landscapes, such as cities.

Francesca Cuthbert (Professor): studies (1) Great Lakes Piping Plovers to inform endangered species recovery, (2) biology and management of Double-crested Cormorants in North America especially in relation to the cormorant-fishery conflict; and (3) colonial waterbird population dynamics and conservation in the Great Lakes and Asia.

Sushma Reddy (Breckenridge Chair of Ornithology and Assistant Professor) works on a broad range of topics related to the evolution and genetics of birds. She is curator of birds at the Bell Museum of Natural History